Corruption among cops: Home Ministry says watching officers in debt

BY YISWAREE PALANSAMY
Nur Jazlan did not go into detail on the type of debts accrued by the officers, saying only that the problem was rooted in the young recruits who lived beyond their means. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

KUALA LUMPUR, March 23 — Policemen who have high debt levels have been put on a special course and their financial management supervised in a bid to curb corruption within the force, Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed told Parliament today.

He said the Home Ministry is paying close attention to officers who take home only 40 per cent of their salary monthly, after deductions were made towards their debts.

“The number of police who are facing high debts is not significant. However, we need to take precautionary measures as these debts can lead to unwanted misconducts which may affect the image of the police force,” Nur Jazlan said during Question Time in the Dewan Rakyat, without disclosing the number of affected officers.

Nur Jazlan was responding to Sekijang MP Anuar Abd Manap asked the Home Ministry to explain what caused police officers to be highly in debt.

The deputy minister also did not go into detail on the type of debts accrued by the officers, saying only that the problem was rooted in the young recruits who lived beyond their means.

He added that most of the affected policemen lacked knowledge in how to manage their finances responsibly.

Nur Jazlan said disciplinary action awaited policemen who failed to be transparent in declaring their spending, and may result in them losing their jobs.

He added that the same measures will be implemented on other officers under the Home Ministry’s portfolio.